In a move that may have many surprised, Elon Musk has said he would lift Twitter’s ban on Donald Trump after the deal between him and the company closes.
The Tesla CEO said he would reverse Twitter’s ban on former President Donald Trump if he took realm of the company.
“I would reverse the permanent ban,” Musk said. “I don’t own Twitter yet. So, this is not like a thing that will definitely happen, because what if I don’t own Twitter?”
Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the platform in January 2021 following the attack by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol.
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts… I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said at FT Live’s Future of the Car conference. “I think that was a mistake, because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”
“I would reverse the permanent ban,” he said.
Musk is expected to become interim CEO following the takeover.
Once Musk announced he was interested in taking over the company in part to make it a free speech platform, questions arose about whether he would invite Trump back to Twitter. Trump had been vocal about saying he would not return to the social network even if he had the chance.
“No, I won’t be going back on Twitter,” Trump told CNBC’s Joe Kernen.
Trump launched Truth Social, which is billed as a free speech alternative to Big Tech platforms.
“I will be on Truth Social within the week. It’s on schedule. We have a lot of people signed up. I like Elon Musk. I like him a lot. He’s an excellent individual. We did a lot for Twitter when I was in the White House. I was disappointed by the way I was treated by Twitter. I won’t be going back on Twitter,” Trump said awhile back.
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